FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answers to some of the most frequently asked consumer questions are below. If you need more information please contact us.


Farm Raised

Q What does 'Farm-Raised' mean?

Our commitment to delivering the best, natural chicken, turkey and pork to your family's table is born from the belief that all families deserve to eat well. At Harvestland, we work with family farmers who raise our chickens, turkeys and hogs to our high standards, so you can feed your family affordable, healthy food raised without antibiotics and on an all-vegetarian diet with no animal by-products in the feed. Our family farmers understand that respect for the animals and land goes hand-in-hand with raising healthy food. Some of our family farmers are seventh-generation farmers. Look for the family farmer name on our whole, fresh chickens. Meet some of our family farmers.


Q Are your animals raised indoors or free-range?

Our no-antibiotics-ever chickens and turkeys are raised in temperature-controlled housing with fresh-air ventilation, continuous access to feed and water, room to move about and periods of light and dark.

Our no-antibiotics-ever hogs are raised in both enclosed houses and open-air structures, depending upon the farm. In both, animals are given room to move about freely and fresh-air ventilation.

Our USDA Certified Organic chickens are raised with free-range access to the outdoors. Multiple doors the length of the chicken house and spacious ranging areas encourage the birds to venture outdoors when the weather is safe for them.


Q Do you use gestation crates for your swine?

No. Our sows are raised in group pens, with room to walk about freely. When necessary to protect piglets in their first few days of life, some of our farms will use farrowing pens where the newborn piglets can safely nurse.


Q Does Harvestland ever use antibiotics or added hormones or steroids?

We never have and never will!

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones or steroids in poultry.


Q How are your animals raised?

Raising animals with no antibiotics ever goes against the conventional thinking of many food companies who believe you need to continuously use antibiotics to keep animals healthy. That's because when you don't use antibiotics, you have to start with a healthier environment and put more effort into keeping the animals healthy. That includes a clean environment with fresh air and more room to move about with fewer animals in the same space.

As an added assurance, our animal welfare programs are audited. This includes the USDA Process Verified Programs for our no-antibiotics-ever chicken.

In addition, our organic chickens are raised to the strict standards for USDA Certified Organic, including free-range access to the outdoors.


Q If you don't use antibiotics, how do you keep your animals healthy?

By concentrating on providing a clean, healthy, low-stress environment for the animals, we do not need to rely on antibiotics to keep them healthy or to prevent diseases. However, if, in the rare event some of our poultry or swine should become ill, our commitment to animal welfare mandates that we treat sick animals. If antibiotics are prescribed for those animals, they will be treated under the care of a veterinarian, but would be removed from the raised-without-antibiotics or organic program.


Q What does 'no antibiotics ever' mean?

We strictly follow USDA's labeling regulations; 'no antibiotics ever' means an animal has NEVER been given any antibiotics during its life cycle. For chickens and turkeys, that includes while they're in the egg.


Q Where are your animals raised?

All of our animals come from farms on some of the richest agricultural land in America, where the tradition of raising wholesome food runs deep. Our no-antibiotics-ever chickens, turkeys and hogs are raised on family farms in Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana and Iowa. Our organic chickens are raised in Pennsylvania's Lancaster Valley, the Skagit Valley region of Washington State and California's Sonoma Valley region.




Natural & Organic

Q Do you use GMOs in your feed?

Since more than 90% of the corn and 80% of the soybeans grown in the U.S. are raised from genetically modified seeds, most of the feed for our no-antibiotics-ever animals contains biotech grain. Chicken, turkey and pork are not genetically modified.

Our USDA Certified Organic chickens receive an organic diet, free of GMO ingredients.


Q Does Harvestland also offer organic products?

We offer both organic and all-natural products, both of which are clearly labeled. All of our animals are raised on family farms, on an all-vegetarian diet with no animal by-products and with no antibiotics – ever. For our USDA Certified Organic chicken, we use organic feed with no GMOs and those chickens are raised with free-range outdoor access.


Q If your animals receive an all-vegetarian diet, how do you ensure they're getting a proper diet?

Today's poultry and swine are far removed from their wild ancestors, who would forage for just about anything edible. Animal by-products, including blood and feather meal, are often used in animal feeds as a low-cost source of protein. However, soybean meal is also an excellent source of protein for animals, and our nutritionists ensure a proper blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to provide a healthy diet for all of our animals.


Q What are natural ingredients?

Natural ingredients include plant, animal, mineral or microbial ingredients...

  • Present in or produced by nature
  • Processed using minimal physical processing
  • Directly extracted using simple methods, simple chemical reactions or resulting from naturally occurring biological processes

Natural ingredients are...

  • Grown, harvested, raised and processed in an ecological manner
  • Not produced synthetically
  • Free of all petrochemicals

Natural ingredients do not contain...

  • Synthetic ingredients
  • Artificial ingredients including colors or flavoring
  • Synthetic chemical preservatives


Q What are your animals fed?

Many other companies use animal feeds that include animal by-products, including rendered meal from other livestock. All of our feeds are 100% vegetarian, made with grains and no animal by-products.

Our organic chickens also receive an all-vegetarian diet made exclusively from GMO-free, organically certified ingredients.


Q What does 'natural' mean?

According to USDA labeling guidelines, 'natural' is a product that contains no artificial ingredient or added color, and is only minimally processed (a process which does not fundamentally alter the raw product). The label must explain the use of the term natural (such as – no added colorings or artificial ingredients; minimally processed).


Q What is 'Minimally Processed'?

'Minimally Processed' means the ingredient has had no more processing than something that could be made in the household kitchen, stillroom, on a farm, or vineyard. The ingredient requires no more equipment or technology than that which could be employed in those settings.




Products

Q What type of products are produced under the HARVESTLAND® brand?

We carry fresh, frozen and refrigerate products, including chicken, turkey and pork. Visit the Products section to learn more about the HARVESTLAND® products available.


Q Where can I purchase HARVESTLAND® products?

Our products are sold in stores nationwide. Click here for a listing of stores offering HARVESTLAND® products.


Q Who should I contact if I have additional questions about your products?

For more information on HARVESTLAND® products, contact harvestland@casupport.com or call (800) 881-6250.




Nutritional Information

Q Do you provide nutritional values for all of your products?

Yes, all of our products have nutritional information. Visit the Products section for specific nutritionals.


Q I am concerned about allergens. Do your products contain allergens?

HARVESTLAND® fresh products do not contain allergens. For those products with additional ingredients, we clearly label any allergens.




Food Safety

Q How do I know my poultry is cooked properly?

The USDA recommends cooking poultry to an internal temperature of at least 165°F. For more information on how to properly cook chicken visit our Food Safety section.


Q What can I do to ensure food safety in my own home?

For information on safe cooking and handling of HARVESTLAND® products, visit our Food Safety section.